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El gráfico muestra las exportaciones mensuales de alimentos desde Ucrania bajo el pacto de granos del Mar Negro.


El Kremllin no renueva el pacto de granos del Mar Negro

By Duncan Mil

July 13, 2023 - Rusia no ha renovado su participación en la iniciativa del Mar Negro,negociada hace un año por ONU, que permitió la exportación de más de32 millones de toneladas de grano ucraniano para aliviar la crisis alimentaria global

Russia, in effect, sabotaged the Black Sea “grain corridor” by halting inspections of vessels on June 28, news agency Interfax-Ukraine has reported.

Average daily inspections of ships -- meant to ensure they carry only food and not weapons -- have fallen from a peak of 11 in October to just two so far in July. Bulk carrier Agapi S departed the port of Chornomorsk on July 2 with 50,690 tonnes of corn for the Netherlands. Akdeniz M left Odessa with 27,215 tonnes of wheat destined for Turkey on July 4.

Russian officials repeatedly say there are no grounds for extending the deal, which is up for renewal Monday (July 17). Moscow last agreed to extend the agreement for 60 days on May 18.

Russia’s demands include reconnection of the Russian Agricultural Bank to the SWIFT payments system, resumption of the Tolyatti-Odessa ammonia pipeline, and unblocking the frozen assets of Russian companies,

According to the Joint Coordination Center (JCC), the Black Sea Initiative has allowed Ukraine to ship 32.7 million tonnes of grain, more than half of it to African countries, the Middle East and parts of Asia.

On the Telegram messaging app, Olha Trofimtseva, Ukraine’s foreign ministry ambassador, said on June 21: “The grain corridor -- 99.9% sure that Russia will leave it in July.”

PUBLISHED: 17/07/2023; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images